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Preservation: Not for Facades Only

Preservation: Not for Facades Only
Preservation: Not for Facades Only, Image © G. Widman, via
Image © G. Widman, via

A stirring piece by the Philadelphia Inquirer Architecture Critic, Inga Saffron, calls for the preservation—both inside and out—of architecture under threat by “warp-speed gentrification.” Saffron uses as her examples two traditionally black, historic event halls, the Royal Theater and the Blue Horizon, that are “now controlled by developers who would gut their innards and insert soulless structures behind the thin veneer of their facades, a parking garage in the case of the Blue Horizon. That would leave the public with the equivalent of a cardboard cutout of the once-glamorous venues, perfect for photo-ops but lacking in architectural flesh and blood.” The article is a spirited call to preserve not just facades, but also the inner life of architecture: what, according to Saffron, makes a building vibrant and preservation-worthy in the first place.

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Vanessa Quirk
Cite: Vanessa Quirk. "Preservation: Not for Facades Only" 22 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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